Thursday, June 10, 2010


"...Those qualities to be expected in a president were never about rhetoric; Mr. Obama had proved himself a dab hand at that on the campaign trail. They were a matter of identification with the nation and to all that binds its people together in pride and allegiance. These are feelings held deep in American hearts, unvoiced mostly, but unmistakably there and not only on the Fourth of July.

A great part of America now understands that this president's sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe."
Wall Street Journal

Ms. Rabinowitz, the author of the article from the Journal above gets right to the heart of the matter; the President isn't part of our family. He's an outsider, not by birth but by inclination.

America is a family. All of us are related by birth, blood and the soil. We belong to each other through shared history and struggle, through triumph and tragedy. We are all products of what came before us, both the good and the bad. We can no more distance ourselves from America than we can from our natural parents. We belong to her.

This was obvious on the day after the 9/11 attacks when we turned as one and faced our Muslim attackers and said, "We're coming for you!" When someone attacks your family there's a visceral reaction natural to all human beings, the need to defend that thing that lies closest to your heart. The American family felt it and acted.

It doesn't matter if you can't stand your weird cousin our if your brother drives you crazy; if somebody hurts them they hurt you. Because, in the end, family is the only thing that matters and it's the only thing you've got.

My guess is that on 9/12, Mr. Obama and his family and friends weren't standing with the rest of us. Their hearts were instead with the attackers and those that would harm our country. I don't know this for sure and I know that I'm going out on a limb here but I'm basing this on his actions since taking office. He's flown all over the world apologizing for our country. His administration can't bring itself to admit that the guys screaming "Allahu Akbar!" as they murder our family members just might have some connection to Islam. Members of his administration have praised Mao and Marx, even saying that power comes from the barrel of a gun. Obama and his cohort are not part of our family, they belong to someone else. They belong to the world of politics and universities, of theories and debate, of revolution and destruction.

This is why the oil continues to flow in the Gulf as our President parties in Washington. He doesn't care about the damage being done because in many ways it will further his radical ends. The oil isn't harming his family but it's going to kill ours.

Our family, the real America, needs to, for a while at least, put aside all of our normal inter-family squabbling and focus on the threat before us. Forget liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat and just think American. We must join together again, just as we did after the Trade Center attack, to face a common enemy, this time one that has taken over our government. If we fail to defeat this enemy, nothing else will matter because our family will have been destroyed.

And in the end, family is all we've got.

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